By Sanjaj Jog www.business-standard.com
Political parties and NGOs are up in arms against the implementation of Mumbai Metro III corridor, fearing that it will destroy green cover and make some residents homeless.
In an interview with Sanjay Jog, Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation MD Ashwini Bhide spoke on a number of issues. Edited excerpts:
There is growing opposition to the Metro-III Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ corridor. Is delay in launch now inevitable?
Although there is a debate going on a couple of issues concerning the project over the past few weeks, I do not see any uncertainty. The project is a must for the city and we are committed to execute it in time. All Mumbaikars, including the ones who commute daily on the oversaturated suburban rail system, are aware that the city cannot survive and grow further without a massive expansion of its public transport system. In view of the inherent limitations of capacity enhancement and spread of the suburban rail network, there is no alternative but to execute the Mumbai Metro master plan to reduce the burden on local trains as well as traffic jams.
The tendering process for the civil works is in progress. We are pretty sure that all the issues will be satisfactorily addressed before the contractors are in place and the actual work will start in early 2016. More info